Tim Tebow: ‘I think I showed some improvement’
|08.30.13 at 3:38 am ET|
FOXBORO — Will Tim Tebow make the Patriots 53-man cut this Saturday? Since the day he was signed the day before June mini-camp, that has been the question asked time and time again.
Well, after his best performance of the preseason Thursday night, it would appear more likely that he will be on the roster.
If he does make the roster, he might have to thank Quentin Sims. Tebow threw his first two touchdowns of preseason to the free agent first-year player.
Tebow finished 6-of-11 for 91 yards and the two Sims TD connections. On the negative side, Tebow was picked off once on a badly under-thrown ball intended for Aaron Dobson and was sacked four times as his offensive line didn’t provide much protection early in the second half.
‘I thought we did some things well, some things we can try to improve on,” Tebow said. “Me personally, same goes. You just try to keep getting better every single week and I thought we made some strides.
‘You’re just trying to execute every play and improve from weeks past and get better and work on the game plan. You obviously want to win, that’s why we keep score, but you’re also working on certain things as well, so you’re trying to improve on that as well.’
So now, Tebow sits, sleep and wait.
“I’ll sleep when I get home and wake up, come work out, watch the film, see what I did good, see what I did bad and try to learn from it.
What will Tebow think about until 6 p.m. Saturday? Tebow said after Thursday’s 28-20 win, he’s not worried.
“That’s something I think I’m blessed because of my faith because I don’t have to worry about the future because I know who holds my future,” Tebow said. “A lot of times, people use that as a cliche but it’s something I try to live by. It really gives you a lot peace no matter what circumstance you’re in.”
He sits with a preseason mark of 11-of-30 for 145 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. When Tebow was sacked three times in the first two series of the second half, the Gillette Stadium crowd got on him badly. Boos started to rain down. With Tebow facing third-and-10 and the Patriots down, 20-14, Tebow spotted Sims over the middle and Sims reached up high to grab the ball. Not only did he make the catch, he held his balance and scampered 40 yards down the middle of the field as he outraced the Giants to the end zone, giving the Patriots the lead for good.
“He’s my teammate,” Ryan Mallett said. “Quentin made a great catch and then made a great run. Tim, he had the boo birds out the play before and then he comes back and throws a touchdown. It just shows what kind of player he is, his character. It was a great play and a great throw overall.
‘I think I showed some improvement in certain areas,” Tebow said. “We’ll have to look at the film, but that’s it, you’re just trying to get better every single week.
‘I felt pretty good. I’ll have to look at the film. One or two passes I’d like back: the interception, just a little bit of miscommunication, my fault, led him too far inside, so you definitely want that back. You don’t want to have a turnover in that point of the game. But I felt like I was on a pretty good rhythm and pace with the receivers and I feel like we’ve been getting better every week.’
Tebow was given another chance to connect with the game already decided, Bill Belichick gave him one more snap with six seconds left. Tebow responded by finding Sims again on a nine-yard fade pattern for the touchdown.
‘Someone that will just work hard, loves the game of football, will always hopefully, Lord willing, have a great attitude, a great work ethic and someone that tries to be an encourager in here,” Tebow said.